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THE REVERE ADVOCATE
- Friday, March 17, 2017
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THE HOUSE AND SENATE.
There were no roll calls in the
House or Senate last week.
The debate over immigra-
tion continues to dominate
the news following President
Trump’s new version of an ex-
ecutive order restricting trav-
el to the U.S. from six coun-
tries with links to terrorism.
Where do local state repre-
sentatives stand on the immi-
gration issue? This week, Bea-
con Hill Roll Call researched
local representative’s votes
on several roll calls on the
immigration issue from 2013
through 2016. Here are the
results.
The first three House roll
call votes involve successful
attempts by Speaker Rob-
ert DeLeo and his Democrat-
ic leadership team to pre-
vent Democratic members
from having to vote direct-
ly against several Republi-
can proposals to restrict ac-
cess to state funding by ille-
gal immigrants. The Demo-
crats, with a current 125 to 35
membership advantage, con-
trol the House.
Here’s an example of how
it works: The Republicans of-
fer a proposal banning ille-
gal immigrant students from
paying the preferred, low-
er in-state tuition rates and
fees at Massachusetts state
universities. I f the Demo-
cratic leadership does noth-
ing, there would be a roll call
vote on the lower in-state tu-
ition rates. Most Democrats
would vote against it and
then would have cast a di-
rect vote on a very contro-
versial issue.
To avoid that situation, a
Democratic member offers a
“delaying” amendment that
would prohibit the ban from
taking effect until the Bak-
er administration studies the
impact of such a ban.
Under House rules, the
amendment to study and de-
lay the ban is voted upon first.
If it passes, which it always
does, no other amendments
can be introduced and the
original proposal that would
simply prohibit the lower tu-
ition rate is deadwithout ever
having a direct vote on it. Re-
publicans say that the studies
are a sham because they are
never done.
This is all pre-planned by
the Democratic leadership.
The presiding officer at the
podium calls upon a repre-
sentative who is loyal to him
and that member proposes
the study. Even if a Republi-
can member is waving his or
her hands and shouting to be
recognized, he or she will not
be called upon because it is
assumed he or she would not
propose the study.
GOP members have al -
ways been wary of this ploy
and have spoken out strong-
ly against it. They urged the
Democratic leadership to
stop purposely trying to con-
fuse the voters and instead
allow a vote directly on the
issue itself, not a study of it.
The Democrats fall into four
categories. Some Democrats
favor the ban and vote with
the Republicans against the
study. Others say they are
truly open to the ban but
vote for the study because
they want to find out the
cost first. A third group op-
poses the ban but also op-
poses the study because they
feel there should be a direct
vote on the proposal. Most
Democrats who vote for the
study acknowledge that it is
designed to protect them by
preventing them from being
required to vote directly on
the ban.
Beacon Hill Roll Call urg-
es you to read the roll calls
carefully and be aware that
on the first three roll calls, a
“Yes”vote is for the study and
essentially is against the re-
striction or ban. Conversely, a
“No”vote is against the study
and generally favors the re-
striction or ban.
STUDY PROH I B I T I NG
LOWERTUITION RATES FOR
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (H
4000)
House 103-46, approved a
Democratic leadership-spon-
sored amendment prohib-
iting a proposal barring ille-
gal immigrant students from
paying the preferred, low-
er in-state tuition rates and
fees at Massachusetts state
universities from taking ef-
fect until the Department of
Higher Education studies the
impact of the barring.
Supporters of the study
said many of these students
were babies when they were
brought here by their parents
and had no choice about en-
tering the country illegally.
They noted some hardwork-
ing students are currently
required to pay out-of-state
tuition rates that are up to
five times higher than the in-
state rate.
Opponents of the study
said sending the bi l l to a
study committee essentially
kills it and argued the state
should not offer financial re-
wards to anyone who has
broken the law and is in this
country illegally. They said it
is outrageous to offer low tu-
ition rates to these students
while legal citizens from out-
side Massachusetts, includ-
ing war veterans, are required
to pay higher rates if they at-
tend a Massachusetts state
university.
The roll call vote is on the
amendment to study, rath-
er than vote directly on the
banning of lower tuition rates
for illegal immigrants.
(A “Yes”
vote is for the study. A “No” vote
is against the study.)
Rep. Robert DeLeo
Yes
Rep. RoseLee Vincent
Yes
STUDY LOWER TUITION
RATES FOR VETERANS (H
4000)
House 107-42, approved a
Democratic leadership-spon-
sored amendment prohib-
iting a proposal that would
allow honorably discharged
veterans to pay the preferred,
lower in-state tuition rates
and fees at Massachusetts
state universities from taking
effect until the Department
of Higher Education studies
the impact of the lower rates
for veterans. The proposal
would offer the discount to
all in-state veterans and to
any veteran from across the
nation who designates Mas-
sachusetts as his/her intend-
ed home and moves to Mas-
sachusetts within one year of
attending a state university.
Supporters of the study
said there is no estimate on
how much it would cost the
state to offer this discount to
all these veterans.
Opponents of the study
said it is outrageous that the
state provides the lower tu-
ition rate for some illegal im-
migrants but not to veterans.
They noted that sending the
bill to a study committee is
the same as killing it.
The roll call vote is on the
amendment to study, rather
than vote directly on the low-
er tuition rates for veterans.
(A “Yes” vote is for the study. A
“No” vote is against it.)
Rep. Robert DeLeo
Yes
Rep. RoseLee Vincent
Yes
STUDY REQUIRING THAT
SPONSOR PAY FOR IMMI-
GRANTS (H 3400)
House 128-29, approved
a Democratic leadership-
sponsored amendment pro-
hibiting a proposal requir-
ing sponsors of immigrants
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Answers on page 17
1. The game Pac-Man originated in
what country?
2. What is a spring onion also
called?
3. What is the navel or belly-button
also called?
4. What Concord, Mass., author
wrote, “The dice of God are
always loaded”?
5. Is Race Walking an Olympic
sport?
6. What city’s Charitable Irish
Society sponsored the country’s
first St. Patrick’s Day celebration?
7. The Sunshine Cab Company in
New York was the setting for
what TV sitcom?
8. In 1962, what author published
“Silent Spring”?
9. On March 22, 1621, the
Plymouth Colony’s Governor
John Carver signed a treaty with
what Indian?
10. Serbia, Slovakia, Hungary and
Austria all have capitals on what
river?
11. Howmany years are four score
and seven?
12. What animal is thought to have
the largest brain?
13. What female culinary expert was
born on March 23, 1857?
14. What team has had 17 NBA
championships?
15. Hibernia is more commonly
known as what?
16. St. Patrick lived in what century:
5th, 10th or 13th?
17. Who recorded “Welcome Back,”
the theme song of “Welcome
Back, Kotter”?
18. Where was the country’s first
thoroughbred racing?
19. What castle contains the Blarney
Stone, which is thought to
promote eloquence?
20. India’s spring festival of Holi is
also known as what?
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